Today’s post is dedicated to smiles and laughter, because it is better to do that than cry. To that end I will share a story I wrote when Sarah had just discovered the joys of mobility and the adventure that is childhood. She’s growing up so fast.
NOTHING TO DO
Sarah is bored. There is nothing to do.
She makes Lizzy, her puppy, chase her. They share Sarah’s cookies. Yum! But now Sarah is bored. There is nothing to do.
Sarah fixes the house. The big chairs on wheels look good spread out. Mommy’s little stool looks good in front of the door. Sarah leaves the cushion on the floor in the living room so she can lie down. The basket of toys looks good in the middle of the room. Lizzy’s toys look good all over the floor.
All done, and there’s nothing to do.
Sarah helps Mommy by putting diapers in piles all around the room. They look good, but there is nothing to do.
Sarah kisses her stuffed animals. She checks her toys by putting them on the floor with Lizzy’s toys. Mommy looks lonely. She needs toys and drinks in her lap.
Mommy says, “Thank you.”
Sarah’s basket is empty. There is nothing to do.
Lizzy wants to go outside. Sarah helps Mommy put Lizzy on the chain. When Lizzy comes back in Sarah gives her treats.
Mommy says “Only two.”
Sarah knows Lizzy needs three, four . . . ten.
Lizzy goes to sleep and there is nothing to do.
Sarah brings Mommy the thing with buttons that turns on her video. Sarah practices mooing, barking, and quacking. She claps when the children sing. The video ends. Sarah wants to see it again. But she doesn’t watch it. There is nothing to do.
Mommy gives Sarah grapes, cheese, goldfish and milk. Sarah drops food on the floor in case Lizzy is hungry. It’s yummy but Mommy’s not eating. It’s more fun to eat from Mommy’s plate.
Sarah’s full. She’s stuck in the high chair with nothing to do!
Mommy lets her run again. Sarah brings Mommy a book. Mommy loves to read. Sarah wants to hear it many times. Mommy stops reading and sings until that silly phone thing rings. The one Mommy doesn’t let Sarah play with. Mommy talks into the phone. Sarah wants Mommy to look at her. Sarah talks. She laughs. She smiles. Nothing works. Sarah plays the drums for Mommy. Mommy keeps talking. Sarah sings loudly. Mommy puts the phone down and picks Sarah up.
Mommy is holding her and there is nothing to do.
Sarah snuggles with Mommy. Maybe she will stay there until there is something to do. She falls asleep.
When she wakes up, the house is different. The toys are in the basket, the diapers are gone, and the chairs are near the table. Sarah wants to fix them. Lizzy is hungry. Daddy is home and needs to read a book. Sarah wants to watch her video and eat a snack. Mommy needs to sing and dance. Daddy hasn’t tickled her. There are shadows on the floor that Sarah needs to chase. There’s a new box to hide in too.
Sarah jumps up thinking, “There is something to do!
The little girl who created the chaos still loves to organize, explore and keep busy, as can be seen in these pictures from last summer at Okoboji Summer Theater.